Jury begins choosing winners for Istanbul Photo Awards

International panel gathers in Turkey to select winners across eight categories


A jury of world-renowned photographers and photojournalists gathered in Turkey’s iconic Cappadocia region this weekend to begin reviewing entries for Anadolu Agency’s Istanbul Photo Awards 2017.

The penal began to select three winners each across eight different photo categories.

This international news photo contest is sponsored by Turkish Airlines and the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA).

In addition to news and sports categories, the jury will determine the winners in the newly added portraiture and nature/environment categories.

For the first time, a photojournalist under the age of 28 will receive a special Young Photo Reporter award.

This year’s jurists include: Paris Match Digital Broadcasting Director Marion Mertens; Noor Agency's veteran photographer Yuri Kozyrev; and Getty Images award-winning sports photojournalist Cameron Spencer.

Other jurists include: Liza Faktor, a famous curator of multimedia works; AFP Photo Deployment and Business Development Director Michel Scotto; Shanghai Photo Center Director and Pulitzer award-winning photojournalist Liu Heung Shing; and photo correspondent and visual media consultant Georges De Keerle.

Anadolu Agency’s Visual News Editor-in-Chief Ahmet Sel and Photography Editor Firat Yurdakul return as jury members.

A total of $133,000 will be awarded across the eight different categories and the Young Photo Correspondent section after three days of evaluation.

The winning images will be exhibited at Istanbul’s Tophane-i Amire Culture and Arts Centre on April 2. 

After the jury’s deliberations this week, a photo workshop and a talks will take place in Istanbul.

The Istanbul Photo Awards Workshop will be held from Friday to Sunday with the support of Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University.

A total of 16 students, consisting of young photojournalists working in AA and national media will be participating in the workshop

At this event, Noor Agency photojournalists Yuri Kozyrev and Stanley Greene will share their experiences with participants.

Kozyrev and Greene will also meet participants in the Istanbul Photo Awards Talks to be held on Sunday at 2 p.m. (GMT1100) at Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University.

Previous winners

Last year, photographers Abd Doumany -- whose image of an injured Syrian boy was chosen as Photo of the Year and Sergey Ponomarev who caught images of refugees arriving on the Greek island of Lesbos for The New York Times, won the single news category.

Ponomarev's photograph was later awarded a Pulitzer Prize.

In 2015, Daniel Berehulak was the winner of the Istanbul Photo Awards’ Photo of the Year with his coverage of the Ebola epidemic in Liberia. It later went on to win a Pulitzer. 

Countdown begins for Istanbul Photo Awards 2017

Jury of Anadolu Agency's 3rd international photo contest to decide winners of contest March 19-21


The jury of Anadolu Agency's third international photo contest will gather in the famous tourist spot of Cappadocia in Turkey’s central Nevsehir province to select winners March 19-21.

The Istanbul Photo Awards 2017 -- with the official sponsorship of Turkish Airlines and support from the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency, TIKA -- is not only a photo competition but also an event promoting Turkey.

The jury will select winners in news and sports photos as well as the four new categories of nature and environment-single, nature and environment-story, portrait-single and portrait-multiple.

A Young Photographer award will also be given for the first time to a winner under age 28.

After the winners are announced, a total of 16 people -- including young photojournalists from Anadolu Agency and national media and students from Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University’s Department of Photography -- will participate in a press photography workshop March 24-25.

On March 26, the Istanbul Photo Awards Talks event will be organized with the participation of Russian photojournalist Yuri Kozyrev from Noor Agency and highly experienced photojournalist Stanly Greene -- who will share their experiences.

The two will also meet with photo lovers at the event, which will be held at Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University’s Sedat Hakki Eldem Auditorium.

The first exhibit of the award-winning photos will open April 2 at the university’s Tophane-i Amire Culture and Art Center at the University.

Among this year's jury members are Kozyrev, famous French newsmagazine Paris Match's Senior Digital Editor Marion Mertens, and Cameron Spencer, a Getty Images sport correspondent.

After working as Paris Match’s deputy news editor for 15 years, Mertens became its digital editor and directs the newsmagazine’s Internet, tablet and mobile formats. Before joining Paris Match in 1998, Mertens worked at Le Figaro, l'Express, and VSD magazine.

Getty Images’ Spencer has been doing professional sport and portrait photography since 2004.

Shanghai Center of Photography Director Liu Heung Shing, Getty Images executive Georges De Keerle, AFP Photo Business Development Director Michel Scotto, curator Liza Faktor, famous for her multimedia work, as well as Anadolu Agency’s Visual News Editor-in-Chief Ahmet Sel and Photo Editor Firat Yurdakul are also among the jury members.

Last year, photographers Abd Doumany, whose image of an injured Syrian boy was chosen as Photo of the Year by an international jury, and Sergey Ponomarev, who caught images of refugees arriving the Greek island of Lesbos for The New York Times, won the single news category and later a Pulitzer Prize.

In 2015, Daniel Berehulak was the winner of the competition's "Photo of the Year" with his coverage on the Ebola epidemic in Liberia after his work won the Pulitzer Prize.

Istanbul Photo Awards turning into week-long event

Anadolu Agency's 3rd international photo contest offers expanded award categories for 2017


In its third year, the addition of the Istanbul Photo Awards Workshop and Istanbul Photo Awards Talks has turned Anadolu Agency's Istanbul Photo Awards into a week-long event.

This year’s competition also sees twice as many categories open, from four to eight.

The four new categories include nature and environment-single, nature and environment-story, portrait-single, and portrait-multiple.

In the contest, a $3,000 Young Photographer award will also be given for the first time to a winner under age 28.

A separate $10,000 award will be given to the winner of the Photo of the Year. Winners in other categories will be given $8,000 for first prize, $5,000 for second, and $3,000 for third.

Anadolu Agency’s Visual News Editor-in-Chief Ahmet Sel said that even though the contest is only in its third year, the Istanbul Photo Awards has become one of the world’s best-known news photography contests.

Sel said, “One of the most important functions of the Istanbul Photo Awards is to highlight photojournalism, which is one of the media's most challenging fields of work, and to support photojournalists, who practice this profession in tough conditions, and to make photointerviews more visible.

 “We can’t give enough support to photojournalists around the world who are dealing with wars, natural disasters, social conflicts, social contradictions, photographs showing us the flow of life, and the ones who often endanger their lives in order for us to better understand the world. Anadolu Agency, Turkey’s most established media institution, is trying to fulfill its duty in this area by holding the Istanbul Photo Awards."

Sel added, “The 2017 Istanbul Photo Awards got around 22,000 applications from photojournalists worldwide.”

“As a well-deserved response to this great attention, we want to create more opportunities for photojournalists to connect and share their experiences. Starting this year, the Istanbul Photo Awards Workshop and Istanbul Photo Awards Talks will host award-wining photographers from every corner of the globe as contributors,” he added.

Bigger and better

Sel said for the last two years the winning photos have been excellent and that their aim is to do their best to enhance the quality every year.

“This year, with the addition of new categories, we have gotten more images than in previous years. However, I am glad to see an increase in both quantity and quality.”

Stating that Yuri Kozyrev, a member of the Istanbul Photo Awards 2017 international jury, and Stanly Greene, a highly experienced photojournalist, are contributing to the event, Sel said, “During the two-and-a-half-day workshop, the educators will share key learning points from their careers besides sharing their portfolios. Following the workshop, they will share their valuable experience with the target audience in the afternoon at the Istanbul Photo Awards Talks.

“Our 2017 jury brings together the world's most important news photo actors and managers. Russian photojournalist Yuri Kozyrev from Noor Agency, famous French newsmagazine Paris-Match's Editor-in-Chief Marion Mertens, and sports photography star Cameron Spencer from Australia are new members of this year's jury.” 

He added, “The contest book and planned exhibits, which will go into print immediately after the contest, and all of 2017’s catchy events will reach out to everyone with the most striking photographs."

Anadolu Agency Corporate Communications Director Esra Kirecci said that from now on the Istanbul Photo Awards Workshop and Istanbul Photo Awards Talks will take place every year.

“Istanbul Photo Awards jurists Stanley Greene and Yuri Kozyrev will share their experiences in the events supported by Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University.”

Kirecci added that the first exhibit of the award-winning photos will open on April 2 in Tophane-i Amire Culture and Art Center at the University.

Turkish Airlines sponsors the contest, along with support from the Turkish Prime Ministry’s Promotion Fund and the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA).

Among this year's jury members are Cameron Spencer, a Getty Images sport correspondent who has been doing professional sport and portrait photography since 2004, along with Shanghai Center of Photography Director Liu Heung Shing, Getty Images executive Georges De Keerle, AFP Photo Business Development Director Michel Scotto, Paris Match Magazine Senior Digital Editor Marion Mertens, curator Liza Faktor, famous for her multimedia work, as well as Anadolu Agency’s Ahmet Sel and Photo Editor Firat Yurdakul. 

The results of the contest will be announced by the end of March 2017.

Last year, photographers Abd Doumany, whose image of an injured Syrian boy was chosen as Photo of the Year by an international jury, and Sergey Ponomarev, who captured images of refugees arriving at a Greek island, won the single news category and later a Pulitzer Prize.


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